Guaiacum officinale - Plant

Tree of Life, Lignum Vitae, Guaiac

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Guaiacum officinale, commonly known as roughbark lignum-vitae, guaiacwood or gaïacwood, is a species of tree in the caltrop family, Zygophyllaceae, that is native to the Caribbean and the northern coast of South America.

Common name: Tree of Life, Lignum Vitae, Guaiac
Color: Blue
Bloom time: Seasonal bloomer
Height: 9.00 to 12.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow

Planting & Care
Fill a 4- to 6-inch pot with a soilless seed-starting potting mix. Use a pot that has at least one drainage hole in the bottom. Prepare one pot for each lignum vitae seed. Make a 1/4-inch-deep hole in the center of the pot with your index finger. Drop one seed into the hole and then smooth the soil back over it.

Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil: well-drained soil

Water: Medium

Temprature: 40°F

Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

Care:
  • Water the potting mix in the pot until it is evenly damp and water starts to seep out of the hole in the bottom.
  • Place the pot or pots containing the lignum vitae seeds in a bright area, out of indirect light.


Special Feature:
Where winter hardy, it grows well in coastal plantings. Also serves as an attractive ornamental lawn tree. It also can be grown as a shrub. May be grown in containers due to slow growth rate.
Use
Medicinal use:
  • Some of the resins active ingredients are effective anti inflammatory agents.
  • Due to this fact, it is used against sore throut and gout.

Ornamental use:
  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose.


Note:
for medicinal use, please consult appropriate doctor before use.



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Friday, 22 November 2019

very durable plant to a wide range of conditions

Poovalagan J

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